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WEEKEND MATTERS | Youngstown Playhouse to present ‘Elf: The Musical’

James Major Burns, right, stars as Buddy, and David Waldman stars as Santa in The Youngstown Playhouse production of “Elf: The Musical.”
James Major Burns, right, stars as Buddy, and David Waldman stars as Santa in The Youngstown Playhouse production of “Elf: The Musical.” (Contributed photo)

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

YOUNGSTOWN — The holiday production “Elf: The Musical” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane.

Directed by Nathan Beagle, the production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 10 and 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11 and 12.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and military members, including fees. Flex passes are available. For tickets, click here.

Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, “Elf” is a modern-day holiday classic that follows the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

All aboard The Magical Polar Experience in Warren

WARREN — The Magical Polar Experience will make a stop at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St., at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Attendees are asked to come dressed in their pajamas. Upon arrival, they’ll be greeted by a conductor and stowaways who will punch their tickets.

The event will include:

All tickets (children and adults) are $22.50. An optional Magical Goodie Bag is available for $17.50 and includes:

Tickets for Friday’s event are sold out. Tickets for Sunday’s event can be purchased here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band to perform at Robins Theatre

WARREN — First Snow, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band, will return to Robins Theatre for an 8 p.m. performance Saturday.

Tickets, ranging in price from $10 to $30, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office, 160 E. Market St.

Since 2008, First Snow has brought the spirit of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to audiences of all ages. The tribute rock show includes a professionally produced stage set of lights and video.

JA of Mahoning Valley to host Designer Bag Bingo

LIBERTY — Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley will host its fourth annual Designer Bag Bingo on Friday at the Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $40 per ticket and includes dinner, dessert, a cash bar, 15 rounds of bingo and one dauber. Additional bingo cards can be purchased for $5. The winner of each round will receive a new authentic designer bag from brands such as Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors.

The event will also feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a chance auction.

To purchase tickets, visit JA of Mahoning Valley’s website. Patrons must be at least 21.

The Butler to celebrate 50 years of arts and crafts show

YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate the 50th anniversary of An American Holiday Annual Arts & Crafts Show.

Hours for the juried arts and crafts show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 524 Wick Ave.

Adult admission is $5. Children under age 12 are admitted free.

“The Butler annual holiday craft show is the longest-running holiday craft show in the area and has always been a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” Lou Zona, The Butler’s executive director and chief curator, said in a news release. “This year is extra special because it is the 50th anniversary of the craft show, and we are incredibly happy to be able to resume the tradition after it was missed last year due to the COVID pandemic.”

An American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, is one of three annual juried art shows held at The Butler each year. This show serves as the museum’s annual fundraiser to support and maintain the museum’s free admission policy, as well as its free art education programs, the release states.

Mill Creek MetroParks to present winter events

YOUNGSTOWN — Two Mill Creek MetroParks winter celebrations will kick off this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens will present Winter Celebration: Festival of Trees.

The family-friendly event, featuring 60 uniquely decorated trees by local nonprofits, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through Jan. 7. Admission is free.

Visitors also will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and view the seasonal flowers on display.

Also beginning Saturday, Fellows Riverside Gardens’ hours will be extended until 7 p.m. for Winter Nights, featuring an outdoor light display. Inside the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center, there will be live music and special appearances. Characters Moana and Blippi will visit Saturday, and Ana, Elsa and Spiderman will visit Dec. 18.

Stambaugh Auditorium to host TubaChristmas on Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN — TubaChristmas in the Valley will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium as an in-person and livestreamed event.

TubaChristmas, now in it’s 48th year, is a celebration of the holidays in which tuba players come together to perform a variety of Christmas classics.

The livestream can be accessed on Stambaugh Auditorium’s Digital Concert Hall app.

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This story was originally published December 3, 2021 10:40 PM.

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